- The Danish government funds numerous Israeli and Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) directly through the Danish International Development Agency (Danida), the Danish Embassy in Tel Aviv, and the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, and indirectly by outsourcing to church groups and aid organizations such as DanChurchAid and Oxfam GB. The Danish government also provides support to DanWatch, a vocal supporter of BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions) against Israel.
- NGOs receiving Danish funding lead campaigns and political activities that are inconsistent with Danish government policies to promote peace and a two-state framework in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Many Danish-funded NGOs are centrally involved in boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) and lawfare campaigns.
- Most Danish funding for Israeli and Palestinian NGOs is awarded through the Secretariat. Recipients include: Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Miftah, Bimkom, and Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI). (See below.)
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat
- Denmark, together with the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands, comprise the joint funding mechanism the “Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat” (IHL Secretariat). This funding mechanism has a budget of $17.6 million dedicated for over four years. The funds are managed by the Institute of Law at Birzeit University (IoL-BZU) in Ramallah and a European multidisciplinary consulting company, NIRAS.
- The IHL Secretariat, via NIRAS, received over $5.7 million (2013-2016) from DANIDA (see screenshot below).
DANIDA funding to the IHL Secretariat 2013-2016
*DANIDA does not report a grant for 2015.
- The IHL Secretariat funds highly politicized NGOs that promote BDS campaigns and engage in legal warfare against Israeli officials and companies that do business with Israel. Some of these NGOs have ties to terror, promote blatant antisemitism, distort facts, advance a “1948 agenda,” and exploit the false “apartheid” analogy, undermining peace and contributing to radicalization.
- NGOs funded by the IHL Secretariat include:
- BADIL (Secretariat core funding: $370,000) a leader in Palestinian “right of return” and international anti-Zionist boycott campaigns.
- Al-Haq (Secretariat core funding: $710,000) a leader in anti-Israel demonization through lawsuits (“lawfare”) and campaigns at the International Criminal Court, as well as BDS activities.
- Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) (Secretariat core funding: $710,000) accuses Israel of “crimes” in confronting Palestinians carrying out stabbing attacks. Calls Hamas rockets that injure Palestinians a “misuse of weapons.”
- Denmark provides limited direct funding to organizations in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. The Danish Embassy in Tel Aviv’s website discloses funding for a project with Bimkom. (No other information is available.) Bimkom also receives funding from the IHL Secretariat.
- Bimkom’s submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits do not reflect Denmark’s support for the NGO.
- The Danish Representative Office in Ramallah does not appear to directly fund NGOs.
- Although the Danida funding database does not list PCHR as a recipient, PCHR includes the Royal Danish Representative Office as one of its funders in its 2015 Annual Report.
- PCHR has tried to have cases brought against Israeli officials in England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and New Zealand. The group has filed for punitive damages in the U.S. against companies doing business with Israel. In 2010, PCHR published “The Principle and Practice of Universal Jurisdiction: PCHR’s Work in the occupied Palestinian territory,” advancing allegations of Israel’s “violations of international humanitarian law,” “war crimes,” and “culture of pervasive impunity.” PCHR’s campaign has also focused on pursuing charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court, including meetings with ICC officials in Hague to “explore different avenues to bring justice to the victims of serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.
Direct Danish funding to Palestinian and European Organizations
- DanChurchAid received approximately $32 million in 2015 and $38 million in 2014.
The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR)
- ICHR received $784,357 in 2016 (as of December 12, 2016) and $903,860 in 2014 from DANIDA. ICHR is a quasi-governmental Palestinian organization, which refers to explosions in Hamas military training camps and deaths in tunnels between Gaza and Egypt as human rights violations against Palestinians.
- DanWatch’s describes itself as an “investigative media and research center, that produces journalism in the interest of the public.” However, the organization leverages this allegedly “independent" position to politically attack Israel. As part of the BDS campaign against Israel, DanWatch has targeted Israeli and European corporations Ahava, G4S, and ISS, Israeli agricultural products, and tour operators.
- While DanWatch describes itself as “a watchdog,” its own financial reports show that DanWatch practices limited financial transparency and does not release detailed information regarding its own funding sources.
- DanWatch bases its research on unreliable, biased, and radical sources active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, including Who Profits, ICAHD, and Al-Haq.
- Oxfam GB has received over $2.4 million from Danida through the Transitional Programme 2014 2015.
- Oxfam GB consistently paints a misleading picture of the Arab-Israeli conflict, departing from its humanitarian mission that is focused on combatting poverty.
- The organization provides grants to NGOs that further distort this mission, including Gisha, B’Tselem, Zochrot, Yesh Din, Breaking the Silence, and Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).
- Most Oxfam GB statements erase all complexity and blame Israel exclusively for the conflict.
- In 2015 (latest available), DCA’s income was DKK 650.1 million (up from DKK 564.7 million in 2014). This included DKK 215.8 million from DANIDA (DKK 224 million in 2014), and DKK 2.6 million from the Danish Ministry of Culture’s lottery grants (DKK 2.7 million in 2014)
- In 2015, DCA’s expenditure in “West Bank/Gaza” was DKK 22.3 million, down significantly from 2014’s DKK 35.9 million.
- DCA partners with some of the most politicized NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, including BADIL, Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC), Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), Maan Development Center, Palestinian Working Women’s Society for Development (PWWSD), Grassroots Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement, Women’s Affairs Center (WAC), and Youth Empowerment Center (YEC).
- In addition, DCA “in cooperation with the Danish Council of Churches and the Inter-Religious Council, sends volunteers to the West Bank” with Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
- EAPPI consistently demonizes Israel, making accusations of “apartheid,” “war crimes,” and “Bantustans.” The NGO also calls the security barrier, which has saved countless lives from suicide bombings, “evil.”
- Participants often return to their home countries and promote BDS and other forms of anti-peace activities.
- Signatory to the 2012 report “Trading Away Peace,” which repeats the BDS agenda and calls on EU and individual European governments to wage political warfare through various forms of economic sanctions against Israel.
- As part of a “Gaza Emergency Response” campaign, DanChurchAid described the 2014 Gaza war as “the Israeli military’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’,” placing the blame for the conflict solely on Israel and ignoring the fact that the military operation was launched in response to Hamas’ indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.
- DCA funding for NGOs lacks transparency. The organization lists its Palestinian partner organizations, but does not provide funding details.
DCA projects listed on website:
|Implementing partners||Project||Funding - Total||Source||Year / s|
|Christian Blind Mission||Early Recovery Of Livelihoods For Vulnerable Women With Disabilities In The Gaza Strip||€216,844||Christian Blind Mission: €183,000||September 1, 2015
Duration: 19 months
|The Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem||Improving living conditions of vulnerable households in marginalized areas in Palestine||$336,500||UNDP : $250,000||July 1, 2013
Duration: 12 months
|The Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem||Improving the living conditions of vulnerable households and herders in the southern part of Hebron||$250,000||UNDP||July 1, 2015
Duration: 9 months
|Grassroots Jerusalem||Human rights for East Jerusalemites living under occupation||€1,132,060||EuropeAid € 950,000||June 14, 2011
Duration: 36 months
|Youth Empowerment Center (YEC)||Enhance Resilience and Restore Ability to learn of Children||€236,151.94||Caritas Switzerland €125,859.19||January 6, 2015
Duration: 9 months
|Finn Church Aid €40,000.00|
|Jabalia Rehabilitation Society (JRS)||Gaza Emergency Response||$250,000||Emergency Response Fund OCHA $250,000||July 24, 2014
Duration: 1 month
|Jabalia Rehabilitation Society (JRS)||Immediate Food and Hygiene assistance to vulnerable internally dicplaced [sic] people in Gaza.||$160,000||Christian Blind Mission $160,000||July 26, 2014
Duration: 1.5 months
|Augusta Victoria Hospital, PNA Ministry of Health, Union of Health Work Committees, Oyooni (My Eyes) Organization.||Improving diabetes care in Gaza and diabetic eye and foot care in West Bank||€814,821||World Diabetes Foundation|
|July 1, 2013
Duration: 36 months
|EJ YMCA, B’Tselem and BADIL, KEREM||Protection and Advocacy Action for Vulnerable people in the occupied palestinian territory, West Bank||€1,316,841||ECHO* €1,200,000||July 1, 2013
Duration: 18 months
|JRS||Providing School Uniforms, School Bags and Stationary to Children||$249,413||UNOCHA $ 249,413||October 28, 2014
Duration: 1 month
|Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) and Jabalia Rehabilitation Society (JRS)||Summer Camp in Northern Gaza - Integrating children with disabilities in the community||€30,000||Caritas Germany €10,000||June 15, 2011
Duration: 2 months each summer from 2011-2014
|War Child Holland €10,000|
|The East Jerusalem Young Men’s Christian Association (EJ YMCA), Palestinian Working Women’s Society for Development (PWWSD), Women’s Affairs Center (WAC).||Women´s inheritance and property rights in Palestine||€860,088||EuropeAid|
|June 15, 2011
Duration: 2 months each summer from 2011-2014
Screenshots from DANIDA OpenAid– December 11, 2016
Danish funding to the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law IHL Secretariat
NIRAS also received Danish funding through the “Transitional Programme 2014 2015”
Danish funding to Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (December 12, 2016)
Danish funding to Oxfam GB through the “Transitional Programme 2014-2015”
Danish funding to DanWatch
- MK Peri to Danish Parliament Speaker: Stop Funding BDS Lahav Harkov, The Jerusalem Post, June 8, 2016